In an effort to quell the rising number of drug- and alcohol-related incidents among EDM concertgoers, the city of Toronto recently voted to ban all electronic shows at the city-owned Exhibition Place. Although the city council reversed the ban a month later, recent events at an Avicii show may have government officials reconsidering.
According to The Toronto Sun, 29 people were hospitalized due to drug- and alcohol-related illnesses at Avicii’s sold-out show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Saturday night. Local EMS personnel were on site, but were “overwhelmed” with the amount of concertgoers needing medical attention. According to paramedics (via CTV News), 10 fans were sent to the hospital before Avicii even took the stage, five of whom were in serious condition but are expected to fully recover.
Toronto city councilor Giorgio Mammoliti has blamed the incident on the show’s promoter Ink Entertainment, calling all-ages EDM shows “dangerous.”
“This only proves that it doesn’t matter whether these events are held on privately owned or government lands, they are dangerous events to hold as ‘all-ages,’ allowing kids to be present,” Mammoliti said in a press release.
Mammoliti also called out the parents of the children as being irresponsible for allowing them to attend a show of “this nature.”
“I want to call out all the irresponsible parents who would let their kids go alone to an event of this nature,” Mammoliti said in the statement. “They say it takes a village to raise a child and, as a member of that village, I want to stop the irresponsible decisions made by other parents.”